Light one candle…begin your prayer time by lighting the first purple candle on your wreath. The “Hope” Candle.
READ: Luke 1: 26-38
37 For no word from God will ever fail. 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Throughout history, Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been portrayed in many and various ways. Saint, scared teenager, insignificant, feminist role model…there is no end to how, from our various world views, we can connect with, ignore or admire Mary. The Gospel of John doesn’t mention her by name. Paul doesn’t mention her at all. In Mark and Matthew, her appearances are fairly unmemorable, but in Luke it is different. Mary isn’t lifted up as a some amazing mother or saint or even some powerful woman. Instead, Luke lifts Mary up to us as the model Christian. Mary’s faithfulness to God is evident in her response to the angel Gabriel, “I am the Lord’s servant…May your word to me be fulfilled.” This faithful response to God is mirrored by Jesus’ own words in the garden before his arrest, “Not my will but your’s be done.”
When asked by God, in both cases the responses are trust, servant-hood and obedience.
As makers, we ask our materials to bend, change, expand and adjust to our needs and expectations. We guide them. Cut them. Move them around. We can often feel as if they reject our expectations or direction. Enter…seam rippers…erasers…wet paper towels. Getting our makes right every time is impossible…getting life right every time is impossible…following God faithfully all the time…yep…impossible.
But just as Jesus was faithful to God, God is faithful to us. “For no word from God will ever fail.” God calls us, but God also knows us. God knows our human faults and limitations…and God loves us despite us…enough to send his Son into the world to take our place on the cross.
Faithful God, we give thanks for the example of servant-hood and faithfulness we learn from Mary. We acknowledge our own limitations to answer your call. Open us to hear. Open us to trust. Open us to respond. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Think about the last time you sat down to create…what went wrong? Reflect on how that mirrors your own life and relationship with God. Share with a friend or in the comments below.
About Mitzie…Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She has been writing curriculum and teaching faith formation for more than ten years. Mitzie’s faith is grounded in the belief that God is the initiator and we are the respondent. That God’s yes is always bigger than our no. That being created in the image of the Creator, makes us by our very nature, creative. And that God LOVES ALL people.
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